BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - AUG 6, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Slightly hazed golden amber hue, modest head. Sweet raisin and homey aroma. Strong sweet raisini and prune fruitiness on the palate, honey for sure, mild cardboard (is that the saffron?), alcohol flavor obvious. I donít see the Chardonnay or the IPA in this one, itís pretty much an American barley wine albeit one dimensional and lacking in hops. Probably would have tstaed world class in Midasís day.
steview (1030) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 4, 2004
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2004 duvel tulip glass: iím upset! itís like a wine cooler gone beer. it smells like sweaty feet and grapes. yet i drink it. strong, smooth, yet off on flavor. nope nope nope! i'll re-rate, i've only had a bottle. there's something in this that attracts me... i've had too little and my palate was last left on Sour Patches. UPDATE 8/7/04: gym and grapes... ugh. downrated.
mongkut4 (132) - Florida, USA - AUG 3, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I tried this due to the historical aspect. All I can say is interesting. Iím glad I tried it but I wouldnít make a habit of it. I would have liked it better is the sour and sweetness had been more balanced. But maybe thatís the way Olí King Midas liked it.
hopdog (9189) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 30, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a medium golden color with a smaller white head. Aromas and tastes of honey and grapes (more honey than grapes). I have yet to have a beer that tasted like this one! A little to honey sweet, sour grapey tasting for my tastes. At least the guys at Dogfish Head try different styles...
BrockLanders (774) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JUL 24, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The previous reviewer obviously never tried this ale. One of the first things you notice when you pour this ale is that it isnít dark....not even close. Itís translucent gold-amber color is beautiful. One taste letís you know this is ale is many things, but one of them isnít hoppy. There is a hop influence, but it ainít "hoppy". You can disregard the 1.8 rating. The aroma is honey-like with a hint of chardonnay. The taste follows suit with an almost winey-fruit flavor. Very unique. Yep, you can tell itís 9%. No, this isnít an ale that begs to be chugged, but itís very drinkable nonetheless. Itís certainly worth a try by anyone.
Mienzigo (6) - Dover, Delaware, USA - JUL 22, 2004 does not count
1.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 2/20
This brew should have been left inside king midasí flask! this was a overwhelming brew for me in quite a few ways. most people in the area must have felt the same way cause it took us months to push 3 cases of this horrible brew out the door. beware, only try if youíre into strong darker, hoppy beers!
walleye (1067) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JUL 21, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
at 1st taste I thooght I wasted 13.00 for this 4 pack and as the beer warmed we got to be friends. poured golden amber with no head. aroma honey, grapes alcohol, white wine, fruity. flavor honey, fruity, alcohol very strong, had to check bottle to make sure I was drinking beer and not wine this would go well with stir fry chicken. as it warmed the flavors blended nicely.
Sancho (245) - Da Bronx, New York, USA - JUL 17, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle from NAB LES NYC-
cloudy brown/gold color quickly fading head soda like carbonation.taste is simlar to cider.honey and grape flavas are evident.chill and smooth.a lot better than expected.
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUL 15, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Pours a clear amber golden yellow color with small white head. Aroma has lots of honey with cereal notes, malty sweetness and a bit of yeast. Tastes very smooth, similar mouthfeel to that of their IPA, though just a bit smoother. Has lots of honey along with sweet grapes, butterscotch, spice - almost syrupy at times. I canít really taste the saffron in this beer, though it seems to be just barely on the tip of the tongue sometimes while drinking. This beer shows an excellent appreciation for blends of unique flavors into one solid brew. Not my favorite from Dogfish Head, but love it for its uniqueness.
cubedbee (10) - USA - JUL 12, 2004
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Light yellow with almost no head. Smell is mainly honey. Taste is very complex with hints of butterscotch, honey, and grapes. Very smooth finish and easy to drink. Another good offering from Dogfish.